1175 Tasting Notes

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I broke into a new tea I have stored for a year or so… as it was ordered to my address by White Antlers, but I had other oolongs to drink and opened. Ass the packages are non-resealable, I was finishing opened ones first.

It seems I got pretty much same package as derk have. May 2020 harvest.

Prepared western today, which is kind of heresy for oolong, but whatever.

It has got a very nice aromas, I noticed mostly woody cinnamon, roasted pears, roasted generally. I liked it and just for aroma it is a winner. However…

taste was nice. But something was lacking, maybe some depth. It was really subtle in flavours, though it was complex. I have noticed again some woodiness, lightly fruity, autumn leaves (thanks derk, I know the flavour, but couldn’t point on it) and some sweet, like maple syrup aftertaste.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Fruity, Maple Syrup, Pear, Roasted, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Ten Ren oolong by Ten Ren
1175 tasting notes

Ugh… my last note was on the day of my Steepsterversary and I haven’t noticed it at all? Happy 3rd “birthday” to me! I know I started slowly, then I was adding a note per day, sometimes even more and now… I am again on slow pace as I don’t have that much time for writing notes. I have survived a several hiatus of this website as well, joined when it was rather in agony… but still I have found here a few new friends and tried so many teas I would not otherwise. Thank you!

But now, about this oolong. I have prepared it today in the gloomy morning, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to drink at all! So I took this pouch from derk (Thanks!) and just went with two teaspoons. Western.

I was reading mine and derk’s notes between paragraphs.
I have to agree with both of us… it is mild, vegetal, quite neutral though, tea. Pretty much standard, no flaws, but as well nothing to be amazed about. Quite floral today somehow, hints of stonefruits in aroma. Easy drinking tea, for daily drinking. Got a lot to finish, but I feel early autumn will be a good time for it.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Smooth, Stonefruit, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Happy Steepster anniversary!

Shae

Happy Steepsterversary, Martin!

ashmanra

Happy Steepsterversary, Martin! And many more!

Courtney

Happy Steepsterversary! :)

derk

3 years!

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! It flies. I can’t believe it either derk it has been 3 years since I have joined. And yet I have no intention to leave.

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By a coincidence, I have same flavoured tea as derk had a few hours earlier. I shall send you some of those tea bags.

I wanted a simple cuppa. And this, tea bag delivers.
I have to say that turmeric is for me quite an acquired taste. I don’t mind it, but I don’t really love it. Ginger… well it is just right here to add some spicyness, but not overpowering everything (as often in tea bags). And the lemon here? Adding much needed freshness and complements well the other ingredients.

Good daily drinker. Indeed it is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

I will drink any turmeric tea that falls in my hands :)

Martin Bednář

Haha, noted!

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drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
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I can’t believe we are in second half of August already and soon autumn is here! I wasn’t drinking much tea during the summer, but now it seems I am back on. But I still can’t believe it is almost over!

This tea was perfect for today chilly weather. It’s quite cold outside, around 18°C and it seems it has rained overnight; overcast.

And I was just randomly chose a tea from cupboard, seeing I had last session of tea again here… so I picked it and decided to brew.

Honestly, this last amount of tea wasn’t such as perfect as my previous note says. I think I had just much less of ginger there and almost no peach. But that trouble of last session.

In taste it was peachy though enough with nice note of a little bit fiery ginger. Bold base which wasn’t that malty as last time… maybe because I had less of actual tea in as well. I guess it was about only two grams, but I haven’t weighted it, because I was too lazy doing it with the last session.

Overall… it is a nice cup. Naturally, when fresher, it was better, but still not bad. I would order a bigger pouch. For daily drinking.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Leafhopper

I haven’t been drinking much tea either because it’s been so hot (and it’s going to stay that way for at least another week). I can’t wait for fall!

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drank VOULEZ-VOUS? by THE O DOR
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So, after a while, a tasting note from me.
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Thank you Dustin I could try this French tea I wouldn’t order myself otherwise.

Today… I have to agree with Mastress Alita note, it was kind of citrusy with creamy, vanilla note. Aroma was rather berry like, as she wrote, and kind of floral.

The base was well present as well, as the grass, sadly not freshly cut though. I couldn’t notice any expected cherry nor rhubarb, not even the coconut. But as I didn’t remember what this tea should be about, I was quite happy with the cup. Raising a rating a bit.

On Wednesday another job interview. My fourth. Other companies I have contacted so far, did not even reply. Or they said no. This company looks good though and although the commute would be a bit worse, it is bearable. Again, no tea industry.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Cheering you on from Missouri!

mrmopar

Good luck Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! They will let me know till end of month so I could start 1st September. Won’t lie, I would love to start working even for short time. I have a quite a good feeling, but it’s not up to me, huh?! I liked the environment, workflow, even that I can work in small team of 6, and I can use my do forklift licence. Commute is a bit worse, but hopefully I’ll be able to move. Maybe I will get better wage than I have expected as well. We will see. I need to start working honestly.

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SIPDOWN
Another tea gone. Much needed, as my cupboard is a bit full.

I decided to brew the rest using grandpa method. I have to say, it is a not bad choice!

First steep was prety much full of forest floor flavour and grassy, some pine as well. Pretty much enjoyable. Not that deep as gongfu method though, but well, it was good.

Second steep was somehow citrusy with green notes; as grassy and forest floor, much less the pine. Nice mouthfeel and very smooth flavour profile. None of those two steeps had the sawdust note I noticed last time.

I am kind of sad it’s gone.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Grass, Pine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML

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SIPDOWN

Thanks to Izzy for this tea.
I was craving sweet black tea and if possible bagged, as I was feeling lazy with preparing today afternoon cup.

Delivers both, sweetness, welcomed black tea caffeine intake, a nd well, even I was steeping it double the recommended time, it was still fine.

Nice dessert tea, if you ask me. I can suggest it, when in mood for marzipan- For me, marzipan is often too sweet and honestly the longer steeping made fine combo with the base. The base was more pronounced, but not bitter.

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There is nothing much to say about this tea.

No way it is Superior, lemon was quite fine but sometimes a bit like a dish soap. Base tea was quite buttery, sometimes even bitter.

I would drink through the box (which I haven’t bought), but well it is not a good tea. Somehow… even Thai Lemon by Oxalis was better. And I don’t think it is only because it is different between tea bag and loose leaf.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Eminent
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So, last flavour from this company I got lucky to try.

Probably the best one.

Nice black tea base, quite malty and lemon flavour is light but noticeable. It was nicely citrusy, I would enjoy some more depth of it though. I wasn’t able to notice any ginger though, which is sad.

Pretty much basic, but well blended. Don’t call it with ginger and I would buy it for daily drinking tea.

Oh yeah, almost forgot! I got my second vaccine yesterday. Today I feel that my arm and whole body is a bit sore, sometimes some shivering happens. I am more tired as well. But that’s all okay!

Flavors: Lemon, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
mrmopar

Congrats on the immunization!

Leafhopper

It’s great to hear you got your second dose!

Martin Bednář

Weekend was hard, but luckily the Olympics were my companion and today I feel like nothing happened. If only I weren’t going to the dentist today and now for a change my mouth is a bit sore.

ashmanra

Yay for the vaccine! Wish more people here would get it.

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Finally! Flavoured black tea in subscription!

Okay, I had it in the morning, now it is an evening.
It was delicious creamy coffee-like tea. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of the chai in my two tea spoons I have used. I noticed the vanilla in and I liked that as well.

But somehow I was really enjoying it and looking forward getting more.

Personal: We are redoing a bathroom for my grandma completely, so we are covered (people, not the tea) in dust. No mood to drink hot drinks as it is quite hot. Not today though. Luckily the company will do it later, but we do the most dirty jobs :)

Second thing: unfortunately it seems I won’t be able to get my degree as I have failed last exam and it seems there is no way to re-do it. Long story short, I was cheating. I didn’t had to, but probably because of stress and others doing it, I did that as well.

Third: I had an job interview on Monday and Tuesday. First company will let me know if they want me to the end of this week, the second will write me next week, probably on Friday, if I pass to the second round. None of them is tea industry.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
AJRimmer

I was considering buying some of this as a gift for someone. Good to hear that you like it!

ashmanra

Renovation is hard, dirty work. You are a great blessing to your grandmother! I hope you hear good news on the job search soon!

Shae

I have some of this one I haven’t even opened yet. I’m glad to read that it’s a good one!

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

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